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Local CPS high schools among best

Three local Chicago Public Schools (CPS) high schools were named to the 2018 Best High Schools list by U.S. News & World Report. The top rankings among CPS schools include Phoenix Military Academy High School, 145 S. Campbell Ave, fourth in Illinois, 122nd in the nation; Jones College Prep High School, 700 S. State St., […]


By William S. Bike The following candidates will be on various Nov. 6 ballots in this community, running unopposed. All are Democrats. State Representative Theresa Mah, 2nd District. Mah is an incumbent and has been in office since Jan. 2017. Delia Ramirez, 4th District. Ramirez’s background is in social services as executive director of the […]


City looks at Kinzie Industrial Corridor status as the neighborhood changes

By Igor Studenkov The City of Chicago is considering allowing some non-industrial uses in the Kinzie Industrial Corridor west of Ashland Avenue, while slightly relaxing regulations in the remaining area without deviating significantly from what already is there. District boundaries are approximately Grand Avenue on the North, Kedzie Avenue on the west, Washington Boulevard on […]


No parking signs are removed on Madison Street

Workers have removed no parking signs on Madison Street from Halsted Street to Ashland Avenue. “The removal of the signs came on the heels of a 2016 Metropolitan Planning Council area parking study commissioned by the West Central Association,” said Rod Burch, executive director, WCA. The study recommended taking down the no parking signs along […]


Cardenas and CTU push for TIF changes

Late in 2016, 12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas announced a tax increment financing (TIF) surplus ordinance intended to direct funds to the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) from TIFs. Two years later, at the time of this writing, Alderman Cardenas had just finished a conference call with CTU representatives, discussing […]


Madigan sues Feds for withholding legal funding

Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed a lawsuit against U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the Department of Justice (DOJ) for violating Federal law by refusing to release $6.5 million in funding for Illinois law enforcement and criminal justice initiatives from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG) program. Law enforcement uses the Byrne JAG funds allocated to Illinois for innovative programs […]


Newman Center seeks conference funding

Students at the St. John Paul II Newman Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago are raising money to attend the SEEK 2019 conference early next year. If they raise $25,000, 50 students will be able to attend for $25 each, said the Rev. Connor Danstrom, UIC Newman Center director. “Every little bit helps,” […]


3Arts awards grants to Bronzeville and West Loop artists

3Arts, a Chicago-based nonprofit grantmaking organization, will award 20 Chicago artists with unrestricted grants at the 11th annual 3Arts Awards celebration, Monday, Nov. 5 at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Among those being honored are Bronzeville residents Brittany “BrittanE” Edwards, musician, and Leida “Lady Sol” Garcia, a teaching artist, and West Loop resident and visual artist Huong Ngô.  The […]


Clarification on St. Therese School

Wording in the article “Oi named new principal at St. Therese School” in the Oct. 5 Gazette Chicago, which talks about Principal Lisa Deborah Oi arriving in Chicago from another area, may have led some to believe that Principal Oi is an immigrant. To clarify, Principal Oi was born in the United States, came to […]


City’s $1.4 billion in TIF accounts draws concern of CivicLab, local communities

By Madeline Makoul With more than $1.4 billion sitting in the City’s TIF (tax increment financing) accounts, community groups across Chicago are questioning these stockpiled funds, asking officials to offer more transparency and dedicate funds to areas that need them most. CivicLab and the TIF Illumination Project recently announced their analysis reveals $1,439,903,731 is sitting […]


New Tri-Taylor group forms after crime wave

By Nathan Worcester Residents of the Tri-Taylor neighborhood have formed a neighborhood watch organization. They also started a Facebook group for the organization, Tri-Taylor Neighborhood Watch, on August 14 that now has more than 120 members. “The idea of having a neighborhood watch group and reviving the old one from years ago was something that […]


Wisconsin Foxconn plant pollution potential prompts resolutions, lawsuit

By Igor Studenkov More pollution may be coming to Illinois from Wisconsin, and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan joined by the City of Chicago, has filed a lawsuit to stop it. Robert Kaplan, who then served as acting regional administrator for the Federal Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Region 5, which includes Illinois and other states […]